It’s hard to believe that Silver Scene has been trading for over 20 years, the company was born from a love of travelling in the mid 90’s and a desire to keep exploring the world whilst growing a career.
While budgeting on just a few pounds a day with Trudi, my then wife and now long term business partner, South East Asia was our best friend in 1997. The imminent calling of the 1st world and dwindling funds meant we’d soon be conforming into the hum drum life back in the UK. How could we keep this dream alive?
Spending time in central Bali had a profound effect on us, it was a craft centre for carvings, batik printing and a hub for hand made silver jewellery.
I’ll never forget the first time I walked into a silver smith’s workshop, across that football field in Ubud. The smell and sound of a jewellery workshop is a wonderful thing, my eyes were greeted with the cherry red glow of solid silver being blasted with a flaming torch and a background symphony of hammering, polishing and filing. It was one of those moments in life when you suddenly know what you
want to do.
Of course, with no knowledge at all we spent the last of our funds filling cardboard boxes with random crafts and posting them home using the postal service (all fingers were crossed).
Forward several months, having made Bristol our home in the UK, Trudi started gaining an insight into gems and shop sales while managing a Crystal shop. In the meantime, I built my own workshop in our garage at home and then found myself building a market stall. Desperate to find somewhere to hang our sarongs, woodcarvings and silver jewellery we set up stalls in Bristol and Taunton and soon ventured further a field into festivals and other events. We also recognised that clothing and carvings were not our thing, although if you check in any of our shops you’ll still find those sarongs being used to clean the glass, 20 years on.
What a great twenty years it’s been. We’re a small company but we think big, we trade fair and we love what we do.